Kinetic Games – the indie team behind massive ghost-hunting sim Phasmophobia – has been accused of harboring “a sex situation” on its official Discord server.
In a series of messages shared on Twitter, Dandy posts @ 6.2 – clarifying that they are “not a victim in this matter” but “speaking up for a friend who IS a victim who otherwise felt like as if she had no voice” – a number of incriminating messages suggesting that the alleged “sex pest” known as Charcoal Salamander, despite being reported, has yet to be stripped of his “admin” role on the server.
“So who knew the Phasmophobia devs were harboring a sex situation in their official dichotomy by keeping him as an admin and refusing to take any claims against him seriously because I sure do now,” tweeted Dandy @ 6.2.
“I won’t say much about it on behalf of the friend who is STILL dealing with the aftermath of everything, but I will actually ask people to stop playing Phasmophobia even if the latest update is out soon. It’s rotten at the core.”
So, who else would have known that the Phasmophobia devs are harboring a sex plight in their official discord by keeping him as an admin and refusing to take any claims against him seriously, but I sure do now 🙂
— Dandy @ 6.2 (@CrownedCoIIider) September 28, 2022
The Twitter thread – which started September 28 – included a correspondence with Phasmophobia’s lead artist cjdxn, who appeared unwilling to take any action without further evidence. Allegations against administrator Charcoal Salamander include sharing nude pictures of others on the Discord channel and making racist jokes.
When the posts eventually went viral and the pressure mounted, Charcoal Salamander was stripped of his admin role and banned from the server.
“Recently we received some news from one of our Discord admins regarding the sharing of sensitive images and racist comments. After reviewing the evidence, we have completely removed this admin from the Discord team and he will not rejoin,” cjdxn later said in a statement released on October 1.
“However, some of my words were chosen poorly and in a hurry. Therefore, I would like to apologize. As can be seen in the shared DMs, I expressly say ‘I do not agree’ with said actions and I do not condone racism or the sharing of images of any kind. I have never and will never support the sharing of private images and I am really sorry that what I said could be interpreted differently.
“However, parts of my DMs on this subject have been taken out of context and paint a slightly distorted picture of what I was trying to express,” they added. “My comment ‘this just looks like two friends in DMs’ wasn’t referring to the image sharing at all, but to their conversation before offering to share the image.
“I can now see how this could easily have been related and my choice of words should have been more sensitive on such a sensitive subject.
“I will not allow a situation like this to happen in the future and I apologize from the bottom of my heart for any role I played in this situation.”
Kinetic Games recently released an updated development roadmap for its spooky ghost-hunting sim Phasmophobia, with the game’s custom difficulty feature now releasing this month, and much more on the way.
As Kinetic explained at the time, the team has now revised its Early Access roadmap for 2022 and beyond to “more accurately represent what we’ve accomplished this year and what we plan to do for the future” after a longer-than-expected development period. Phasmophobias VR overhaul that finally arrived in April.
https://www.eurogamer.net/phasmophobia-devs-accused-of-housing-a-sex-pest-on-its-discord-server Phasmophobia developers are accused of harboring “a sex situation” on their Discord server